Daily Archives: September 24, 2019

2019-09-24: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-09-25). Hong Kong is Scared of the Rioters. dissidentvoice.org It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. Now, after Hong Kong 'returned to China', it was converted into the Tai Kwun Center — one of …

Brett Wilkins (2019-09-24). Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post. commondreams.org Most of the torture techniques approved by the Bush administration—which included the interrupted drowning technique known as "waterboarding," sleep, sensory and food deprivation, shackling in excruciating "stress positions," the use of loud music and dogs to torment detainees, slamming into walls, solitary confinement, exposure to extreme heat or cold and sexual humiliation—are illegal under both domestic and international law. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bushy_rummy_0.jpeg

RT (2019-09-24). Trump authorizes release of 'complete' transcript of call with Ukraine's Zelensky, Dems still not happy. rt.com US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident. | Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. | Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allege…

Staff (2019-09-24). Whistleblowers Save our Democracy, Says Daniel Ellsberg. therealnews.com Trump has been exposed by leakers and might face consequences, and Edward Snowden has published a book. Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the bravery of exposing the truth.

Melvin Goodman (2019-09-24). The Central Role of the Whistleblower. counterpunch.org The fortuitous emergence of a courageous whistleblower in the Trump White House and Harvard Professor Jill Lepore's pathetically ill-informed review of Edward Snowden's recent book, "Permanent Record," are important reminders of the central and difficult role of whistleblowers in any successful effort to restore our democracy. The information provided by whistleblowers is key to the work of congressional oversight; investigative journalism; and informed political debate. Whistleblowers contributed to the knowledge of the crimes of the intelligence community during the Vietnam War and the exposure of Iran-contra,…

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-09-24). Egyptians caught between hopes for freedom and military government treachery. peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2019-09-24). Government minister, journalists challenged on Australian TV over persecution of Assange. wsws.org A WikiLeaks supporter denounced the "media blackout about Julian Assange" and declared that journalists could no longer deny that he was being held as a "political prisoner."

WSWS (2019-09-24). The Report exposes CIA torture, then absolves the Democrats. wsws.org The Report is a dramatization of the events surrounding the US Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into and writing of a report on pervasive CIA torture under the Bush administration.

Edward McCary (2019-09-24). American Torture Techniques Were Developed At McGill University. globalresearch.ca Many Canadians have been closely following the beginning of the Trump presidency, watching in shock and horror as Trump passes a series of authoritarian executive orders. | One executive order in particular, planned for the near future, is poised to resurrect …

Peter Koenig (2019-09-24). Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Fields: a False Flag? dissidentvoice.org On Saturday morning, September 14, 2019, a few drones — were they drones or long-range missiles? — hit the Saudis most important two oil fields, set them ablaze, apparently knocking out half of the Saudi crude production but measured in terms of world production it is a mere 5%. Could be made up in no …

Martin Garbus (2019-09-24). Edward Snowden Didn't Reveal Anything Confidential in His New Book. thenation.com Edward Snowden Didn't Reveal Anything Confidential in His New Book…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-09-24). As Trump Authorizes Transcript Release, Expert Critics Say 'Anything Short of Whistleblower Complaint Is More Obstruction'. commondreams.org "Anything short of whistleblower complaint is more obstruction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_call_unredacted.jpg

Patrick Cockburn (2019-09-24). The Drone Strikes on the Saudi Oil Facilities Have Changed Global Warfare. counterpunch.org The devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities by drones and missiles not only transforms the balance of military power in the Middle East, but marks a change in the nature of warfare globally. On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles — all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft — disabled half of Saudi Arabia's crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent. More

Ed Rampell (2019-09-23). Red Diaper Baby: Big Brother's still watching you. peoplesworld.org BEVERLY HILLS—The world premiere of Leda Siskind's thought-provoking, topical The Surveillance Trilogy is so perfectly timed—opening the same week that Edward Snowden's book Permanent Record has been published and the Trump administration is mired in an alleged whistleblower scandal—that one of three things must have happened: 1) Trilogy's publicist is a marketing mastermind who contrived …

Jeet Heer (2019-09-23). Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart. thenation.com Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart…

WSWS (2019-09-23). US Justice Department sues Edward Snowden to block proceeds of memoir. wsws.org The 26-page lawsuit is aimed at intimidating other whistleblowers and publishers who might be thinking about telling the truth and exposing the crimes of the US government.

Edward Snowden (2019-09-21). "Never Be Ashamed:" Why I Decided Not To Delete My Old Internet Posts. theintercept.com In this excerpt from his memoir, the NSA whistleblower describes his realization that no one should have to "pretend to be perfect."

Fight Back (2019-09-21). New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…

Fight Back (2019-09-21). Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…

Jimmysllama (2019-09-20). Through the Eyes of Jesselyn Radack: A Look at the Vital Role of Whistleblowers and Their Attorneys. mintpressnews.com "By protecting whistleblowers, sources, and online activists, we facilitate robust investigative journalism, hold government to account, protect the freedoms of speech, privacy and the press, and foster the most critical component of democratic society: an informed citizenry." — Whistleblower and Source Protection Program…

Alex Emmons (2019-09-20). William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception. theintercept.com Barr has been a strong proponent of the "unitary executive," a legal theory that states the president has near absolute authority over the executive branch.

Tyler Durden (2019-09-20). Yemen's Houthi Halt All Attacks on Saudi Arabia With Ballistic Missiles and Drones. theantimedia.com Yemen's Houthi have announced at the end of a dramatic week following the early Saturday aerial attacks on two Saudi oil facilities.

Staff (2019-09-20). Headlines for September 20, 2019. democracynow.org Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike, Two Die in Texas as Storm Dumps 40 Inches of Rain on Houston Area, Red Cross: 2 Million Need Humanitarian Aid Every Week Due to Climate Crisis, Bird Population in U.S. & Canada Dropped by Nearly 3 Billion Since 1970, Benny Gantz Declares Victory, Rejects Overture from Netanyahu, Trudeau Apologizes Again as New Blackface Photos Emerge, Funeral Held in Afghanistan After U.S. Drone Strike Killed 30 Civilians, Mostly Farmers, Kashmiris Sue Modi in U.S. Court as Trump Prepares to Appear with Indian PM at Texas Rally, Report: Whistleblower Complain…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-19). UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition. thegrayzone.com Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and…

Staff (2019-09-19). Headlines for September 19, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Secretary of State Blames Iran for "Act of War" Against Saudi Oil Facility, WaPo: Whistleblower Reported "Troubling" Promise from Trump to Foreign Leader, Trump Names Robert O'Brien as Fourth National Security Adviser, U.S.-Backed Forces Kill 30 Afghan Civilians; Taliban Truck Bomb Kills 20, Thousands Fall Ill as Indonesian Fires Spread Toxic Haze, Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Humberto Lashes Bermuda, Youth Activist Greta Thunberg to U.S. Lawmakers: Listen to Climate Scientists, University of California to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies, Israeli Election Challenger Gantz Rejects Call to Join Netanyah…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-09-17). Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug. mintpressnews.com "Donald Trump has had a closer relationship with Israeli leaders than any president in American history. I think he genuinely doesn't care that the Israelis spy on the United States. I think he doesn't see the harm in this and does not feel threatened by it." — CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou…

ACLU (2019-08-27). New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System. aclu.org Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…

2019-09-24: Social Media Postees

Hong Kong is Scared of the Rioters
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. Now, after Hong Kong 'returned to China', it was converted into the Tai Kwun Center — one of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hong-kong-is-scared-of-the-rioters/

Government minister, journalists challenged on Australian TV over persecution of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-09-24
A WikiLeaks supporter denounced the "media blackout about Julian Assange" and declared that journalists could no longer deny that he was being held as a "political prisoner."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/24/assa-s24.html

Whistleblowers Save our Democracy, Says Daniel Ellsberg
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Trump has been exposed by leakers and might face consequences, and Edward Snowden has published a book. Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the bravery of exposing the truth.
therealnews.com/stories/dly092319_ellsberg_whistleblower

The Drone Strikes on the Saudi Oil Facilities Have Changed Global Warfare
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-24
The devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities by drones and missiles not only transforms the balance of military power in the Middle East, but marks a change in the nature of warfare globally. On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles — all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft — disabled half of Saudi Arabia's crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent.
counterpunch.org/2019/09/24/the-drone-strikes-on-the-saudi-oil-facilities-have-changed-global-warfare/

The Central Role of the Whistleblower
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-24
The fortuitous emergence of a courageous whistleblower in the Trump White House and Harvard Professor Jill Lepore's pathetically ill-informed review of Edward Snowden's recent book, "Permanent Record," are important reminders of the central and difficult role of whistleblowers in any successful effort to restore our democracy. The information provided by whistleblowers is key to the work of congressional oversight; investigative journalism; and informed political debate. Whistleblowers contributed to the knowledge of the crimes of the intelligence community during the Vietnam War and the exposure of Iran-contra,…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/24/the-central-role-of-the-whistleblower/

Trump authorizes release of 'complete' transcript of call with Ukraine's Zelensky, Dems still not happy
rt.com | 2019-09-24
US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident. | Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a "very friendly and totally appropriate call" and he applied "no pressure" on the Ukrainian leader. | Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allege…
rt.com/usa/469532-trump-zelensky-biden-transcript/

American Torture Techniques Were Developed At McGill University
Edward McCary | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-24
Many Canadians have been closely following the beginning of the Trump presidency, watching in shock and horror as Trump passes a series of authoritarian executive orders. | One executive order in particular, planned for the near future, is poised to resurrect …
globalresearch.ca/american-torture-techniques-were-developed-at-mcgill/5690054

Rights Groups Urge Senate to Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post
Brett Wilkins | commondreams.org | 2019-09-24
Most of the torture techniques approved by the Bush administration—which included the interrupted drowning technique known as "waterboarding," sleep, sensory and food deprivation, shackling in excruciating "stress positions," the use of loud music and dogs to torment detainees, slamming into walls, solitary confinement, exposure to extreme heat or cold and sexual humiliation—are illegal under both domestic and international law. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bushy_rummy_0.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/24/rights-groups-urge-senate-reject-nomination-torture-advocate-marshall-billingslea?cd-origin=rss

The Report exposes CIA torture, then absolves the Democrats
wsws.org | 2019-09-24
The Report is a dramatization of the events surrounding the US Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into and writing of a report on pervasive CIA torture under the Bush administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/24/tff4-s24.html

Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Fields: a False Flag?
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-24
On Saturday morning, September 14, 2019, a few drones — were they drones or long-range missiles? — hit the Saudis most important two oil fields, set them ablaze, apparently knocking out half of the Saudi crude production but measured in terms of world production it is a mere 5%. Could be made up in no …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/houthi-attack-on-saudi-oil-fields-a-false-flag/

Edward Snowden Didn't Reveal Anything Confidential in His New Book
Martin Garbus | thenation.com | 2019-09-24
Edward Snowden Didn't Reveal Anything Confidential in His New Book…
thenation.com/article/trump-snowden-doj/

As Trump Authorizes Transcript Release, Expert Critics Say 'Anything Short of Whistleblower Complaint Is More Obstruction'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-24
"Anything short of whistleblower complaint is more obstruction." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_call_unredacted.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/24/trump-authorizes-transcript-release-expert-critics-say-anything-short-whistleblower?cd-origin=rss

Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-23
Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart…
thenation.com/article/trump-biden-whistleblower/

Red Diaper Baby: Big Brother's still watching you
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-23
BEVERLY HILLS–The world premiere of Leda Siskind's thought-provoking, topical The Surveillance Trilogy is so perfectly timed–opening the same week that Edward Snowden's book Permanent Record has been published and the Trump administration is mired in an alleged whistleblower scandal–that one of three things must have happened: 1) Trilogy's publicist is a marketing mastermind who contrived …
peoplesworld.org/article/red-diaper-baby-big-brothers-still-watching-you/

US Justice Department sues Edward Snowden to block proceeds of memoir
wsws.org | 2019-09-23
The 26-page lawsuit is aimed at intimidating other whistleblowers and publishers who might be thinking about telling the truth and exposing the crimes of the US government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/23/snow-s23.html

New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/new-york-activists-demand-never-again-martial-law-philippines

"Never Be Ashamed:" Why I Decided Not To Delete My Old Internet Posts
Edward Snowden | theintercept.com | 2019-09-21
In this excerpt from his memoir, the NSA whistleblower describes his realization that no one should have to "pretend to be perfect."
theintercept.com/2019/09/21/edward-snowden-permanent-record-book/

Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/aurora-ice-warden-johnny-choate-confronted-his-home

Through the Eyes of Jesselyn Radack: A Look at the Vital Role of Whistleblowers and Their Attorneys
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-20
"By protecting whistleblowers, sources, and online activists, we facilitate robust investigative journalism, hold government to account, protect the freedoms of speech, privacy and the press, and foster the most critical component of democratic society: an informed citizenry." — Whistleblower and Source Protection Program…
mintpressnews.com/jesselyn-radack-whistleblowers-attorneys/261941/

William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-09-20
Barr has been a strong proponent of the "unitary executive," a legal theory that states the president has near absolute authority over the executive branch.
theintercept.com/2019/09/20/william-barr-has-long-tried-to-limit-what-a-president-must-share-with-congress-the-whistleblower-complaint-is-no-exception/

Yemen's Houthi Halt All Attacks on Saudi Arabia With Ballistic Missiles and Drones
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-20
Yemen's Houthi have announced at the end of a dramatic week following the early Saturday aerial attacks on two Saudi oil facilities.

Yemen's Houthi Halt All Attacks on Saudi Arabia With Ballistic Missiles and Drones

UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-19
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/19/uk-worsens-julian-assanges-persecution-as-us-seeks-extradition/

Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-17
"Donald Trump has had a closer relationship with Israeli leaders than any president in American history. I think he genuinely doesn't care that the Israelis spy on the United States. I think he doesn't see the harm in this and does not feel threatened by it." — CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou…
mintpressnews.com/trump-brushes-israel-dragnet-spying-of-d-c-under-the-rug/261913/

New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System
aclu.org | 2019-08-27
Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/employee-speech-and-whistleblowers/new-resource-tool-sheds-light-governments